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SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS is the pitching contest for creators and producers with innovative concepts for new non-scripted entertainment formats. The contest is organized for the third time by Media Resources Management (Ukraine) and backed by international distributor Small World IFT (USA) and world's biggest international content market MIPCOM (France).

SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS is open to individuals and companies to present their new and original ideas of non-scripted entertainment formats. The submitted concepts can be at any development stage: starting from paper format and on out to the program that has already been broadcasted or commissioned (in this case worldwide format rights availability is a must). 

Selection criteria:

  • Genre: non-scripted entertainment show
  • Innovative | Creative | Original
  • Potential to develop multiple series
  • Potential to travel around the world as a format
  • Potential to become cross-media and multiplatform format

Key dates of SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS contest:

February 7 – March 15             

Сall for entries

March 20 – March 24     Judging panel selects 5 finalists
March 28   

5 finalists announced

April 21  

Final round of the contest, to be held at FORMAT SHOW Spring Edition screening and conference (Kyiv, Ukraine)

SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS judging panel features experts of Ukrainian and international TV industry: 

  • Tim Crescenti – President, Small World IFT (USA)
  • Marta Csizmadia – Format Sales Consultant, Small World IFT (USA)
  • Paul Gilbert – Senior Vice President, International Formats, CBS Studios International (USA)
  • Marius Toader – Creative Director & Co-Owner, Media Factory (Romania)
  • Anna Eliseeva – Producer, FILM.UA Group (Ukraine)
  • Pavlo Dubovyi – Head of Format\Program Development, StarLightMedia Group (Ukraine)
  • Oleksii Goncharenko – Founder & General Producer, Friends Production (Ukraine)
  • Danny Fenton – CEO, Zig Zag Productions (UK)
  • Bertrand Villegas – CCO, The Wit (Switzerland)
  • Victoria Yarmoshchuk – CEO, Media Resources Management (Ukraine)

SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS 2017 finalist are:

  • Avtandil Sturua and Aleksei Merkulov (Ukraine) – MOVE OUT NOW!
  • Elena Malkova and Igor Storchak (Ukraine) – GENERATIONS ON TOUR
  • Igor Klyuchnikov (Russia) – 72 HOURS TO SELL
  • Amatzia Samkai (Israel) – A SONG IS BORN
  • Maya Zamir Arditi (Israel) – DINNER SURPRISE

Final round of the SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS contest will take place on April 21, 2017 in the course of international conference FORMAT SHOW Spring Edition (FILM.UA Studio, Kyiv, Ukraine).


Prize from Small World IFT – Partner of SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS contest

Small World IFT to become exclusive worldwide distributor, adding the winning format to Small World IFT slate and presenting it at all major television markets globally  
Small World IFT to provide international development expertise in adapting the winning format for the global market
Small World IFT to fund the production of a promo reel, and launch the format at MIPCOM 2017

Prize from MIPCOM – International Partner of FORMAT SHOW Spring Edition

Participant badge to attend world's entertainment content market – MIPCOM 2017 (October 16 – 19, Cannes, France)
Prize from IATI (International Air Travel Index) – Travel Partner of SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS contest and FORMAT SHOW Spring Edition

• round trip to Nice (France) from big cities of Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS 
• accommodation for 4 days in Cannes (15 October 2017 – 19 October 2017 – during the period of MIPCOM 2017),
3–4* hotel 



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Please contact Paul Liniewicz ( or +380 44 459 46 10) or Kateryna Udut ( in case some additional questions occur. 


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